Mental Health Therapist/QMHP, Transition Age Youth 300

LifeWorks NW's Transition Age Youth (TAY) program serves clients between ages 15 to 25 with severe mental illness. Focus of treatment is client centered and strengths-based. Treatment services include individual/group skills training, supported employment/education, supported housing, life skills and psychiatric treatment. Services are oriented towards young adults transitioning into independence.

The Mental Health Therapist position assesses, diagnoses, and treats transition age youth.  Position provides psycho education, appropriate treatments, and/or consultation with families, care providers, and community partners regarding treatment options.  Works in community based and office-based settings.  Also offers community education to reduce the stigma of mental illness and raise awareness about psychosis. 

Pay/Benefits: $50,907 to $55,361 per year. Full benefits

Essential Responsibilities: 

  • Responsible for client evaluations including initial intake interviews. Formulates diagnoses, and identifies appropriate treatment services.  Notifies client and significant other(s) of diagnosis and initial recommendations, completes written narrative of evaluation, and obtains necessary releases within specified timeline standards.
  • Obtains and studies medical, psychological, social, and family histories by interviewing individuals or families and by reviewing records such as medical records or school reports.
  • Consults with parents, teachers, and other school personnel to determine causes of problems such as truancy and misbehavior, and to implement solutions.
  • Interviews clients individually, in families, or in groups, assessing the clients' situations, capabilities, and problems to determine what services are required to meet their needs.
  • Travels between sites or in the community and transports clients in personal and/or LifeWorks NW vehicle.
  • Develops therapeutic treatment plans based on clients' interests, abilities, strengths and needs. Treatment plans will be based upon clinical experience and knowledge, and will have measurable goals and objectives based on the diagnosis and will specify type, frequency, intensity, and duration of therapy. Treatment plans will be client driven and follow-ups will be completed on time, assessing the quantity and quality of services provided.
  • Conducts individual, family and group therapy sessions based on current evidenced based practices e.g. collaborative problem solving, cognitive behavioral interventions, solution focused therapy, wrap around principles, and multisystemic treatment approaches.
  • Responsible for case management.  Coordinates/collaborates with physicians, staff, families, caregivers, etc.  May provide training to staff, caregivers, and family regarding issues of mental health, addiction and behavior management as it relates to clients.
  • Provides referral services to clients and their families, e.g. health, mental health services, community supports, etc.  Maintains awareness of community referral resources.
  • Evaluates the effectiveness of counseling or treatments and the accuracy and completeness of diagnoses, modifying plans and diagnoses as necessary.  Uses program outcome measures as assigned.
  • Documents and maintains client records to ensure compliance with agency and contract guidelines and confidentiality. Obtains pertinent records from other treatment providers and tracks client's involvement, follow-through and progress in varied treatment activities. Completes documentation in electronic health record system.
  • Identifies cases involving family problems affecting clients' development and determines whether clients should be counseled or referred to specialists. Addresses legal issues, such as domestic abuse.
  • Acts as client advocate to coordinate required services or to resolve emergency problems in crisis situations. Will be available on call as assigned to program clients to include evenings, nights.  May be required to work some weekends.
  • Checks e-mail/voice mail daily/throughout the day when working responding to contacts within same day or by the next business day for routine matter (urgent matters will require a more immediate response)
  • Meets performance standards for productivity, documentation (including progress notes, assessments, treatment plans and authorization requests) proficiency in clinical model and evidence-based practices, quality of care (including engagement and retention) and teamwork.
  • Continually increases level of cultural sensitivity, awareness and competency. Actively participates in a minimum of four hours training related to cultural effectiveness in working with diverse populations.

Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in Psychology, Counseling, Social Work, or related behavioral health field required.
  • This position requires a valid and active QMHP credential certification through the Mental Health and Addiction Certification Board of Oregon (MHACBO) or a valid and active status (licensed or registered intern) with an approved Oregon licensing board upon hire.
  • Requires access to a car, a valid driver's license, proof of current automobile insurance coverage, and verification of safe driving record from DMV.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct an assessment, including identifying precipitating events, gathering histories of mental and physical health, alcohol and other drug use, past mental health services and criminal justice contacts, assessing family, social and working relationships and conducting a mental status examination; complete a five-axis DSM diagnosis; write and supervise the implementation of an Individual Service and Support Plan; and provide individual, family and/or group therapy within the scope of their training.
  • Demonstrated effective communication skills and ability to provide culturally-competent treatment services to diverse client populations and maintains cooperative working relationship with others in a culturally diverse environment.
  • More than 1 year experience in broad range of clinical interventions and mental health assessment specific to children, adolescents and families.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of treatment methods for individual, family and group therapy to address mental health needs.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide case management services in accordance with federal, state and/or funding source requirements as well as LifeWorks' NW policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of community resources and treatment agencies enabling appropriate referrals for specific client needs.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Outlook and Word.  Ability to master proprietary software including electronic health record system required


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